Clemson ranked 14th

Clemson is ranked 14th in the preseason USA Today College football poll.

It is the second highest preseason ranking for the Clemson program since 1988. The Tigers were ranked ninth in the preseason AP and USA Today polls prior to the 2008 season.

This is just the fifth time since 1998 that Clemson has been ranked in the preseason of either the AP or USA Today preseason polls. Clemson was fourth in 1988 in both polls, the last time Clemson had a top five preseason ranking.

There are four teams on Clemson's schedule that are ranked in the top 25 by USA Today. The others are Florida State (7), South Carolina (9), Virginia Tech (20) and Auburn (25).

Clemson finished the 2011 season ranked 22nd in the final USA Today poll. Dabo Swinney will attempt to bring Clemson to consecutive top 25 finishes for the first time since 1990-91. Clemson actually had six consecutive top 25 final rankings between 1986-91.

Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll
Rk Team (First Place) Pts
1. LSU (18) 1403
2. Alabama (20) 1399
3. Southern Cal (19) 1388
4. Oklahoma 1276
5. Oregon 1258
6. Georgia 1061
7. Florida State 1055
8. Michigan 1023
9. South Carolina 981
10. Arkansas 948
11. West Virginia 833
12. Wisconsin 743
13. Michigan State 717
14. Clemson 598
15. Texas 549
16. Nebraska 501
17. TCU 499
18. Stanford 497
19. Oklahoma State 476
20. Virginia Tech 461
21. Kansas State 398
22. Boise State 271
23. Florida 250
24. Notre Dame 166
25. Auburn 66

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